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Francisco Mignone

Francisco Mignone (arr. Keane Southard)

General Info

Year: 1933/2013
Original Medium: Chorus and Orchestra
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Spindrift Pages
Cost: Score and Parts (PDF) - $120.00   |   Score Only (PDF) - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Sax I-II
Bb Tenor Sax
Eb Baritone Sax
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Trombone III (Bass)
SATB Choir (optional)
Double Bass
Percussion including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Cymbals (Crash Cymbals and a Suspended Cymbal)
  • Bass Drum
  • Shaker
  • Guiro


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Quizomba is also known as “Dança de Chico Rei e da Rainha N’Ginga” (“Dance of King Chico and Queen N’Ginga”) and is the fifth movement of the Afro-Brazilian ballet “Maracatu de Chico-Rei” by the Brazilian composer Francisco Mignone. I discovered this great piece, as well as many other great Brazilian works and composers, while a Fulbright scholar in Brazil in 2013, and this movement stuck out to me as being one of the most upbeat and happiest works that I have ever heard. I was determined to find the score and obtain permission to create an arrangement of this movement for wind ensemble in order to make this work available to the bands outside of Brazil, particularly in the USA, which I’m sure will enjoy this work as much as I do. I have not been able to learn very much about the story of the ballet itself other than it is about an African king and his tribe who are brought to Brazil and enslaved. I haven’t even been able to figure out what the text means. What I do know is that this piece of music, despite being essentially composed of just two chords, is about as fun as a piece of music can get and I love it.

-Program Note by Keane Southard

Commercial Discography

  • Northeastern State University Wind Ensemble (Norman Wika, conductor)


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


  • Northeastern State University (Oklahoma) Wind Ensemble (Norman Wika, conductor) - 19 November 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer